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Preparing Pets for Flea and Tick Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:00

041115 Brindle Boxer and house catThis year is going to be a particularly difficult for flea and tick season. Experts predict that the unusual weather we’ve experienced so far will create an extended season rife with parasitic problems.

If you’re wondering when fleas are most active in your area of the country, the Weather Channel has created a neat little program that will help you plan. Just type in your zip code to find the times your area will be most active.

For those of us in areas of year-round activity, it’s important to take some precautions to prepare your pet and your home. We have taken a look at some natural and manufactured alternatives that will help you have a safe, happy, non-itchy pet this season...

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 18:14
Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 29 April 2013 00:00

We all want is best for our pets and keeping their weight down is something that can go a long way to increasing their quality of (and length of) life. But, what kinds of treats are best for our dogs?

Dog's LoveFresh fruit and vegetables as treats are not only better for your dogs waistline, but excellent for their overall health. Here are some guidelines you can use to select the best fruits and vegetables as snacks for your omnivorous friends.

Orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables are often touted as the "best treats" for dogs because they often contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer. However, it's important to do your homework on each ingredient. Start slow and see how your pets tolerate the treats.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 17:49
Trick Ways to Lower Pets Weight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:45

Let’s face it – not many pet parents pay close attention to their pets weight. It’s not like we’re putting them on our bathroom scale and weighing them each morning, but according to the latest Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, owners of at least 55% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight. That translates to 80 million obese dogs and cats at higher risk of weight-related disorders like osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and heart, respiratory and kidney disease. This means a decreased life expectancy of up to 2.5 years, and what owner doesn’t want to keep their beloved pets around longer?

There are ways to avoid this problem. Pet fitness is something that can be easily achieved through a minor adjustment in exercise and weight loss can be achieved simply by modifying the types of treats they have.
The average biscuit treat delivers 20-40 calories per serving (and what self-respecting pet parent stops at just one biscuit?). If your pets are in training, that could translate to an extra 100-200 calories per day at only 3-6 treats. There are many other easy-to-use, low-cost treat options, though.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 18:15
Preparing for Flea and Tick Season - Naturally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 20 April 2013 00:00

US Navy 110827-N-NY820-490 Lt. Matt Swain removes ticks from a puppy at a temporary veterinary clinic during Continuing Promise 2011We may as well face it. Flea and tick season is going to be especially difficult this year. The weird weather that has plagued our nation means that insects will be showing up at unusual times. Just last week, a friend found a tick on his arm while standing in a snowstorm – a result of high temps one week and freezing temps the following week.

Ticks carry Lyme disease and fleas can transmit all types of diseases (the Black Plague comes to mind).  Luckily, those days are behind us, but it’s important they stay in the past.

To prepare for a happy future, you must begin now. This means we begin with all-natural solutions then, if necessary, increase the levels of protection through the year.  To get you started, we’ve prepared some all-natural prevention methods that you can use to prepare your home for what is sure to be a very long flea and tick season...

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 23:18
Plants that Naturally Repel Fleas and Ticks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 21:32

Mentha pulegium22There’s been a lot of research done on plants that naturally repel fleas and ticks. Garden plants can be a great way to keep flea and tick invasions to a minimum, but you have to be cautious that what you plant is not something that will cause harm to pets or wildlife.

Beware of common toxic plants

Many of the common herbs used to repel fleas are also toxic to pets, including the popular “Flea Bane” (Pennyroyal). Other plants that have been used successfully to repel fleas are citronella, geranium, Eucalyptus, fleawort, wormwood, tansy and Sweet Bay. However, all of them are toxic to animals and should be avoided in the yard and garden. The good news is that there are many other options available for natural flea and tick control that are also safe for pets should they get into it. Here they are, in no particular order.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:43
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